sox

SOX compliance professionals trying to find your place in the world may want to read the latest survey from the SOX Professionals Group. It’s full of benchmarking statistics about the challenges of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance this year and the technologies compliance teams are eyeing to get the job done.  The report, “2020 State of SOX &…

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sox

Protiviti just released its latest report on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance practices, and internal audit professionals may want to brace themselves. Costs are rising, manhours are rising, automation isn’t happening nearly as quickly as one might hope — and that was all the case before Covid-19 made everything more difficult. The report surveyed 735 internal audit professionals…

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internal audit

Spring is the season for surveys about the internal audit world, so today we have three recent studies to help audit and compliance executives understand the concerns driving that particular function right now. No surprise: those concerns are data and technology, all the way down. First we have PwC’s 2018 State of Internal Audit report,…

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internal audit

Auditors and corporate reporting professionals everywhere, prepare yourselves: The SEC has approved the new, more detailed format for external auditors’ reports! The new standard, drafted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board after seven years of negotiations, requires audit firms to disclose “critical audit matters” (CAMs) they find while auditing your financial statements. That approach…

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internal audit

Compliance and audit executives, set your countdown clocks: a new type of audit report will be arriving at your organization three years from now. Today the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board finally adopted a new standard for the report, which will require more disclosure of “critical audit matters” that weigh on the mind of your…

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compliance

Occasionally I write guest posts about compliance and governance topics elsewhere on the Web. Three of those posts have recently gone live, one about third-party risk management and two others about the proper love and care of SOX compliance programs. If you just can’t get enough of me, here is a run-down of where to…

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Some shameless self-promotion today: I have a guest post on Workiva’s blog about financial reporting and SOX compliance, exploring a few best practices in how companies can design and operate certification programs for SOX controls. Getting control owners to certify the effectiveness of those controls is not a new idea, I know. (I first wrote…

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insider

The data analytics gurus over at Calcbench just published some numbers that SOX compliance and SEC reporting professionals might find interesting: a study of the gap between publishing an earnings release and filing the subsequent quarterly report. Calcbench reviewed the Form 8-K earnings releases and Form 10-Q quarterly reports from 3,399 companies that filed in…

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Workiva’s TEC 2016 user conference kicked off today, and I have the good fortune to be on site here in San Diego. Today’s main sessions hit on themes of technology power and flexibility—which compliance and audit executives certainly need as they confront the modern regulatory and reporting climate. Workiva started by announcing a flurry of enhancements…

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ERM

My phone rang earlier this week, and at the other end of the line was my compliance officer contact in higher education. “Matt,” she said, “I’m looking for GRC software that can help with the university’s risk management program. We started with a database in Microsoft Access and want something that can really handle enterprise…

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